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«8*pt«mber 29th 80th, and October 1st * 2d, 1893:* 



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Eld. Jackson Gunk, Moderator, 
Eld. Josbphos Shackelford, Clerk, 
W. D. Irwin, Treasure! 



Trinity, Ala. 
Danville, Ala. 



(csutlv* SSeaLS-dU WCo«ilto«», J*.l«u 



O. D. Gibson, 
A. W. Bailey, 
D. A. Burleson. 
W. D. Irwin, 



J. M. Kichenb, 
A. L. Moody, 
J. C. Ttowbll, 
J. M. Sandlin, 



J. M. Shoemaker. 
H. B. Irwin, 
Dr. R. M. Simpson, 
W. D. Irwin, Treas. 



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Board o* J»Ci«a»*«Mri«J. JEdvMwtiosn, 3=>«««.tt»*, Al» 

Jackson Gonn W. M. Black welder, A. E. Burns, 

H. A. McClellan, W. H. Simpson, John Gibson, Wm. East. 



O. K Co»j»*»rfk, S*., Tbe PvioMer, 
Sheffield, Alabama. 



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ORDER OF BUSINESS. 



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TL Introductory Sermon at 11 a. m., Friday. 

2. After intermission — Friday afternoon — the Moderator shall call the 

Association to order and appoint reading clerks. 

3. Read letters from the churches and enroll delegates. 

4. Elect officers. 

5. Call for petitionary letters. 

6. Call for correspondence froni other bodies. 

7. Invite visiting brethren to seats with us. 

8. Appoint committees, viz: 1. On Devotional Exercises. 2. State of 

Religion. 3. Deceased Ministers. 4. Documents. 5. Finance 
Committee. 

9. Call for report of Board of Trustees of Baptist Male and Fema> In- 

stitute at Moulton. 

10. Call for report of Executive Board. 

11. Saturday morning — Religions Exercises one half hour. 

12. Miscellaneous Business. 

13. Appoint messengers to corresponding bodies. 

14. Call for Treasurer's Report. 

15. Call for Report of Board of Ministerial Education. 

16. Report of Missionaries. 

17. Report of Standing Committees in the order of their appointment. 

18. Report of other committee!, in their order. 

19. Appoint time and place of next meeting and the preaching of the In- 

troductory Sermon and the alternate. 

20. Miscellaneous Business. 

21. Read the minutes, call the roll and adjourn. 

The next session will be held with Moulton Baptist church, commencing 
on Friday before the first Sabbath in October, 1894. 



ORDAmED MINISTERS AND THEIR POSTOFFICE. 



* Burns, A. E Tuscumbia. 

* Bragg, T. R Moulton, 

* Dawson, J. D Town Creek, 

* Gunn, Jackson.... Trinity Sta., 
Hembree, J. K Danville, 

* Hnckabee, J. B Hartsell, 

* Roan, Jas. E Somerville, 

* Shackelford, Jos Danville, 

Spain, Wm Moulton, 

* Sandlin, Jas. W. New Decatur, 
Stephenson, E. D Danville, 

* Wright, W. E Somerville. 

Wright, J. S Somerville, 

Weaver, T. J Somerville, 

Deveneau, Jas. W Isbell, 

♦Preston, A.J Decatur, 



Ala. Deveneau, J. M Isbell, 

* Blackwelder, W. M.... Decatur, 

* Comstock, O. E ."Sheffield, 

" * Finney, Mike Newburg, 

Gibson, Jas. S Mt. Hope, 

* McClannahan, J. D. ..Hartsell, 
Norwood. R. W Courtland, 

•Roberts,!. M Brick, 

* Speer, John Trinity Sta., 

* Smith, W. G. W Falkville, 

* Thompson, J. N Falkville, 

" * Wear, R. T.. Mt. Hope, 

* Wear, L. A LandersvtUe, 

" * Weaver, J. E.-Lawrenc's Cove, 

* Odell, J. T ..„.Town Creek, 

.. ♦ Pace, J. 0. A.» RuweUville, 



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Note — Those marked with a Star, are regularly engaged in preaching to 
froilPbne to four churches. 



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MINUTES. 



The delegates composing the seventy-fourth annual session of the 
Muscle Shoals Baptist Association convened with the Baptist church at 
Danville, Morgan county, Alabama, on Friday, September 29th, 1893, 
at 11 a.m. 

The Introductory sermon was preached by Elder W. M. Black- 
welder, from I. Timothy, vi:i2: "Fight the good fight of Faith." 
After the sermon there was a recess until 2 o'clock p.m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 






The Association assembled at the appointed time. 

Elder J. Gunn, the former Moderator, called the Association 
to order. The former Clerk, Elder Jos. Shackelford, took his place 
' at the Clerk's table. A selection of Scripture was read by the Moder 
ator, after which a hymn was sung, and prayer was offered by Elder 
J. N. Thompson. 

Brothers J. C. Orr, J. C. Tidwell and A. E. Burns were ap- 
pointed reading clerks. 

The letters from the churches were read and the names of the 
delegates enrolled as follows : 

Bethel (L)— Charles C. Kerby, J. B. Kent. 

Bethel (M)— W. H. Lorance, J. W. Stephenson. 

Bethany— T. W. Owen. 

Blue Springs — Marion Briseoe, B. H. McCarley. 

Cave Spring — Letter, no delegates. 

Central, New Decatur— W. M. Blackwelder, W. H. Simpson, C. E. 
Malone. 

Danville— W. T. Cobbs, J. G. Orr, James M. Simpson. 

Decatur, First— Josephephus Shackelford. 

Enon— A. J. Walker, J. M. West, J. T. Wallace. 

Etha— E. A. Jones. 

Falkville — J. N. Thompson, Albert Briscoe, J. L. Thomas. 

Friendship — Thomas McDaniel, J. W. Walker. 

Furnace Hill — Letter, no delegate, 

Gum Springs (L) — Letter, no delegate. 

Gum Springs (M) — James E. Roan, Terry R. Culver. 

Harmony— f. A. Walker, W. S. Howell. H. A. Bragg. 

Hartsell— J. C. Orr, J. B. Huckabee, J. D. McClanahan. 

Hopewell — J. J. Sandlin, W. F. Orr. 

Hillsboro — Letter, no delegate. 

Lebanon— W. J. Briscoe, S. J Wilhiter 
- Liberty— W, H. Clayton. ' 



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Macedonia (F) — Mike Finne}'. 
Macedonia (M)— J. A. Frederick. 

Moulton— O. D. Gibson, J. M. Sandlin, E. W. Bnssey. 
Mt. Zion (M)— J. J. Thompson, C. Thompson. 
Mt. Zion (L) — George Roden. 
Mt. Hope— J. S. Gibson. 
, Mt. Nebo (M)— J. R. Witt. 
Mt. Nebo (L)— John A. Byars. 
Mt. Pisgab — G..H. Hughes, J. W. Gibson. 
New Hope — J. R. Blackman, A. C. Harris. 
New Prospect — F. M. Caruth, fames Pearson, V. E. Sandlin. \Jf 

New Decatur, 1st— J. W. Sandlin, W. C. Buck, A. Sherman. 
New Center— S. T. Wright, W. B. Bryant, G. L. Cook. 
New Friendship— J. L. Leemon, W. F. Miller, W. J. Blankehship. 
Okolona — W. D. Brasswell. 

Pleasant Grove— T. R. Bragg, Rush Stockton. , 

Pleasant Hill— J. Gunn, Jos. Robinson, R. Aday. •> 
Russellville— A. J. Preston, J. 0. A. Pace. 
Sheffield — Letter, no delegates. 

Salem— J. W. Key, H. E. Weatherwax, A. F. Rutherford. 
Shady Grove— J. S. Howell, J. A. Moore, C. M. Livingston. 
Shoal Creek— M. Tapscott, R. H. Yeager. J. H. demons. 
Somervdle — T. J. Weaver. 
Tuscumbia — A. E. Burns, A. L. Mood3'. 
Town Creek— R. T. Wear, L. A. Wear. Emmet Gibson. 
Isbell — Letter, no delegates. 

The following members of the Executive Board being present 
were enrolled as members of the Association : Thos. Lynch, O. D. 
Gibson, A. L Moody, W. B. Irwin. ij 

% After the enrollment of the names of the delegates, the Moderator 
announced that the Association was ready for business. The first bus- 
iness in order was the election of officers. 

The Association then proceeded to the election of officers by 
ballot, which resulted in the choice of Elder J. Gunn as Moderator, 
and Elder Jos. Shackelford as Clerk. Bros. Daniel Orr, J. C. Tid- 
well, and E. D. Stephenson acting as tellers. 

Brother Gunn made a few remarks thanking the Association for 
their expression of renewed confidence in him, and promising to do 
the best within his power to advance the business of the Association. 

ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

On montion of Brother W. T. Cobbs, the order of business as 
printed in the minutes of last year was made the order of business for 
this session. 

PETITIONARY LETTERS. 

A letter was received from Dancy's Grove church petitioning for 
membership, but, owing to the fact that there was no delegate present 
from that church, the church could not be received, as the constitution 
provides that "a church may be admitted into the union, who shall 



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petition by letter and delegates, if upon examination, she is found 
orthodox and orderly" — Art. 5. 

There were no correspondents from other bodies. 

Visiting brethren were invited to seats. Many brethren accepted 
the invitation. 

COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator appointed the following committees : 

On Devotion. — The pastor and Deacons of Danville church and Bros. 
O. D. Gibson and J. M. Sandlin. 

On State of Religion.— J. D. McClanahan, W. T. Cobbs, and G. H. 
Hughes. 

On DOCUMENTS.— E. D. Stephenson, J. D. Walker, Jos. Robinson. 

On Finance.— J. M. Kichens to complete the standing committee. 

On Deceased Ministers.— T. R. Bragg, J. E. Roan, J. S. Gibson. 

Brothers Wm. Blackwelder and A. J. Preston were appointed to 
make a report on Home Missions, no member of the standing commit- 
tee being present. 

6n motion it was agreed to have preaching to-night, and the 
committee on devotional exercises reported that Elder A. E. Burns 
would preach. 

On motion, adjourned to meet to-morrow at 8:30 o'clock a.m. 
Prayer by Brother J. W. Sandlin. 



SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Saturday, September 30, 1893. 

The Association met at 8:30 o'clock. 

After religious services, led by Brother A. J. Preston, the minutes 
of yesterday were read and approved. 

THE REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

Brother O. D Gibson read the Report of the Executive Board 
which was received and ordered to be spread on the minutes as follows : 

We, your Executive Board, met in Moulton on the 12th day of Novem- 
ber, 1892. O. D. Gibson, D. Burleson, W. G. Deleshaw, T. W. Lynch, H. B. 
Irwin, W. D. Irwin and T. J. Hutcheson were present. We found from a 
transcript of the pledges made to the Association, and the amounts on hand 
that we had $330.00 as available for the year 1893. Whereupon, from 
vouchers we found, the different Mission Boards had received $224.29. 
$25.00 was appropriated to New Prospect Church to aid them in erecting 
a house of worship. $75.00 was given to Russell Valley to be used by Bros. 
C. G. Lync^ and Wm. East as they thought would accomplish most good 
$25.00 was appropriated to Somerville Church to assist them in employing 
a pastor. Old Friendship Church was allowed $50.00 to aid them in pro- 



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meeting was called and $25.00 was allowed to Cave SnrW r^*" {?* * 
the same amount to Gum Spring Church TnMo™« J P ^ g Cha TS h « and 

Septemhe.30.X80, ^^ ^^ 0. GlMON , Chairman . 

of BrI ne A f0 F°T g qU S y Tg* 8 ?*** 6 ' and a COI ™.ittee consisting 

bv fhTmrim^ mT W - M - Blackwelder > ^d J. B. Huckabee was ap g 
by the pointed Moderator to answer the same: 

f« j?i! '" ac r cordance w ith the rules and principles of Baptists 
creed or se S rTt 0fa ^f ^ l ° -vite all Christians of e'very 

shTn when re' ' ^ "£ ^ ^ rf « ht *"»* ° f ChrJSti ^ fellow- 

has P hI to '^STff memberS int ° thC BaptiSt Church? What ri g ht 
has he to extend the invitation. Elder J. H. Hembree. 

On motion of Elder J. W. Sandlin,. the hour of 2 o'clock p m on 
lSte?* 1 ^ ^ thC C ° nsiderati0n of the " Yo -T People's 

MESSENGERS TO CORRESPONDING BODIES. 

The following Messengers to corresponding bodies were appointed- 

Cullman-J. N. Thompson, W. M. Roan. 

Southern Bapt.st Convention- A. L. Moody, A. E. Burns, Alternate. 

MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

nf rhPR" 10 !, 1011 ; ™ 6 0rder , of B «siness was suspended and the report 
of the Board of Ministeml Education was read and ordered to be 
spread upon the minutes, as follows: 

eat Jnff!! ^ £* °l tober 10th . 1892, and at this meeting received appli- 
cations for aid from Bros. J. W. Sandlin and Roan, the former to attend 

?^ ar . dC u ,e *f = ^ he ,atter to attend «*ool at Somervillewfth the small 
S2nRfc a ? d ?* B u ard COU,d not offer but sm *ll ass stance The dSri 
e"s retort Th?' 2.U V^ B °? n L ConM ™ake is shown by the Treasur- 
&e Ifterrem Jini^ g ,h ^ "l*"^ Br ° ther J ' W " Sandhn had to *ave «*- 

^^^^^^^^o this purpose if muc^odlsTo £ 

J. Gunn, President of Board. 



BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



treasurer's REPORT. 
W. M. Black welder 

In Account with Ministerial Board of Education, 
1892. Dr- 

Oct. 3. To cash from Hopewell Chtirch, . . . . . $ 1 90 

To cash from Cave Springs, 1 75 

To cash from Treasurer of Association 69 05 

" 18. To cash from Mrs. Ed. Garrett, . . . . . 1 00 

Nov. 7. To cash from Hopewell Church, . . . . ■ 35 

1893. 
April 1. To cash from Mrs. Carrie Simpson, 1 50 

Total, . . $75 55 

1892. Cr. 

Oct. 22. By cash paid Brother J. W.Sandlin $60 00 

1893. 

Jan'y 10. By cash paid Brother J. E. Roan, 13 00 

Oct. 1. By balance on hand, 2 55 

Total, . . $75 55 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. M. Blackwelder. Treasurer. 

EDUCATION. 

The subject of education was then taken up. 

ist. The Report on Ministerial Education was read by Brother 
R. T. Wear. 

2d. Report of Board of Trustees of Danville School was read by 
Brother Jos. Shackelford. The whole subject of education was then 
discussed by Bros. Shackelford, J. W. Sandlin, A. J. Preston, Marion 
Briscoe, J. G. Orr, W. M. Blackwelder, E. D. Stephenson and A. E. 
Burns, after which Brother Shackelford was permitted to take subscrip- 
tions for .he Danville school upon the following plan ; One-fourth 
the amount subscribed to be paid on the ist of January 1894; one- 
fourth on the ist of July, 1894; one-fourth on ist January, 1895, and 
one- fourth on ist of July, 1895. 

The subscriptions taken Saturday and Sunday amounted to 
$25 2 -5°- 

On motion the Moderator was authorized to appoint agents in 
each church to work for the school at Danville. 

The report on Ministerial Education .and report of Trustees ot 
Danville school were adopted as follows : 



REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Your Committee, to whom was referred the subject of Ministerial Edu- 
cation regrets that it must voice the sentiment of the committee a year ago, 
that this part of the work of this body does not receive thesupport from the 



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churches it should. I 
fearing men who arc 
The}' say whom God 
ties whom Jesus cl 
taught for three yea. 
were educated befor 
man, hence he was pi 
world. He did not i 
truth, as it is in Jes- .. 
and have received an 
and do good to tht. 
those ministers who 
Higher Education, n- 
home, and by assot. 
edge that enables t 
have, they have been 
quired in much less ti 
that education some. 
to be ministers, but n 
Then by all means it 
needs strong men to 
land. Yes. strong mc 



t saddens our hearts to know there are so many God- 

leeidedly opposed to the education of voung ministers. 

alls He qualifies. They forget that the twelve Apos- 

se, though they were illiterate men, yet they were 

by the best teacher earth ever knew, consequently 

they began their lite work. Paul was an educated 

-pared to preach the gospel in the metropolis of the 

e his learning to make a show, but to simplify the 

so now those who are called of God into the ministry 

education, are only the better prepared to glorify God, 

fellow-man. Another fact that is forgotten is* that 

ave never gone to college, or had the advantages of 

_• by no means uneducated men. They have studied at 

cing with men who were educated, have gained knowl- 

em efficiently to preach the gospel. But what they 

almost a life time in obtaining, and might have ac- 

ie had they been educated. The cry comes from many 

nes ruins ministers. It may ruin men who professed 

ver, in our opinion, a man who is truly called of, God. 

us educate our young ministers. The cause of Christ 

meet the damnable heresies that are abroad in our 

1! Strong intellectually, morally and spiritually. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. T. Wear. 
T. R. Bragg. 



REPORT OF TRUSTEE OF DANVILLE SCHOOL TO THE MUSCLE SHOALS ASSO- 
CIATION. 

Dear Brethren : 

The Board of Trustees the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate Institute and Normal School 
beg leave to submit this then first annual report to your body. The Board held its first session at 
Decatur, Alabama, in Nov inner last, and organized temporarily, by electing Judge A. L. Moody, 
of Colbert county, Preside *, and Rev. Joseph Shackelford, of Morgan county, as Secretary. A 
Charter for the school was p epared and agreed upon, and a committee appointed to secure its pass- 
age by the Legislature of A bama. It was also agreed that the school should open in the Fall of 
1893. The Board then adj< nrned to meet in May 1893. The second meeting of the Board took place 
Danville, in x June 1893, th May meeting having been postponed. At this meeting the property 
donated by the citizens of I mville and vicinity, was received by the Board, with a deed to the 
property, which consists of a ' vo acre lot of land, upon which is erected two large two story buildings 
containing fourteen rooms al >f which are well adapted for school purposes. There were some of the 
conditions which were not fully complied with by the citizens of Danville, such as furnishing desks 
and etc., but the Board accepted the property and subscriptions and notes which were unpaid, with ■ 
the hope that something might be realized from them. These subscriptions and notes amounted to 
something over $150. As they are collected the money will be appropriated to the purchase of desks 
and other things needed abort the buildings. At this meeting the Committee having charge of this 
matter, reported that a Ch; "er lor the school had been obtained from the Legislature at its last ses- 
sion under the title of the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate Institute and Normal School, giving 
full power to the Trustees and Teachers of the same to grant Diplomas to its graduates. The Board 
elected a Faculty for these! ol consisting of the following: 

-hackelford. D. D. 

Natural Sciences — John C. Tidwell. 

. Latin and French — Henry T. Lile. 

.nd Primary Departments — Miss Madgie Henderson. 

enn Orr. 

tnna C. Shackelford, 
no debt in the employment of the Teachers, they are to depend upon 



President— Rev. Josep 
Professor of English ant 
Professor of Mathemat; 
Principal of Preparator 
Teacher of Art — Miss (. 
Teacher of Music — Muu 
The Board has contract 



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the patronage of the school for their salaries. The Board also appointed a Lo^al Board to take 
special charge of the school. 

The school commenced its first session the 28th »f August last. The attendance was not so lai.ge 
as we expected and desired, yet, under all the circumstances considering the financial troubles, en- 
couraging. We are hopeful that our numbers will ,« greatly increased until we shall reach an en- 
roltmenrof one hundred during the present session, we have now enrolled about fifty. 

The Board at this meeting organized permanently by electing J. P. Whitman, of Huntsville, Ala- 
bama, President and Judge W. H. Simpson, of Decatur, Alabama, Secretary and Dr. J. M. K.chens, 
of Danville, Alabama, Treasurer. 

We suggest to the Association the appointment of three Trustees to fill the places of A. w 
Bailey Samuel Blackwell and A. L. Moody whose time expires with thts sesston. 

Your Board would earnestly beg the Association to rally around this Institution, which it has 
assisted in creating The property which the good citizens of Danville and vicinity have given for 
school purposes is your property, it is your school, you can help make it a great blessuig to the Bap- 
tist Denomination of Alabama and to the people generally. There are two things needed to make 
this school a success. The first is students. Give us the students and we will educate them, r rom 
the six thousand Baptists of the three Associations which have created this school, we ought to get 
at least three hundred pupils. Shall we have them? We have the buildings, and we have the 
teachers, now give us the pupils, and we will make you a school of which you will be proud. 
Secondly we need money to purchase such equipments for the school as will make us equal to 
other Institutions of like grade. We need at least $ 1.000 now or within a short time The Board 
makes the following suggestions to your body : Of the $1,000 we think the Muscle Shoals 
Association ought to- give $800. We propose to raise the $1,000 on the following plan : 
Those who subscribe to this fund will be asked to pay one-fourth of their subscription on the 1st ot 
January 1894, one-fourth on 1st of July 1894, one-fourth on 1st ot January t895, one-fourth on 1st of 
July 1895 Surely we can raise the amount on the plan suggested within the three Associations 
Muscle Shoals Association out to raise the amount of $500 with all ease. We trust your body will 
take the matter into consideration, and allow our President to make an effort to raise a part of the 
amount apportioned to your Association at this session, and that you will appoint an agent in each 
church to assist in raising the amount, and to work for students for the school. Let us know no 
such word as fail in this enterprise, but let us make an earnest effort to build up an institution of 
learning that will be an honor to the Baptists of North Alabama. 

The Board wish to say, that young men preparing for the ministry, or ministers who wish to 
better prepare themselves for their work, are received free of tuition, when they come recommended 
by their churches, and the State Board o« Ministerial Education, or the Ministerial Board of any 
Association. The sons and daughters of ministers regularly engaged in ministerial work are charged 

half price. . I r -■*.' * 

Trusting that you will take such steps as in your wisdom seem best to promote the prosperity oi 

vour school. We remain respectfully your servants, > _- 

tv t j c -a _j W. H. Simpson, Secy. 

Done by order of Board. 

Danville, Ala., Sept. 14, 189S. 

On motion of Brother Buck each delegate pledged himself to 
work for the school and take up collections for the same. 
On motion adjourned to 2 o'clock p.m. 
Prayer By Brother T. R. Bragg. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association met pusuant to adjournment. 
Prayer by Brother Mike Finney. 

MISSIONS. 

The subject of Missions was then taken up. The report on State 



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Missions was read by Brother A. E. Burns. The report on Associa- 
tional Missions was read by Brother John Speer. The report on For- 
eign Missions was read by Bro. M. Finney. The report on Home 
Missions was read by Bro. A. J. Preston. The general subject of 
Missions was then d' c cussed by Bros. O. D. Gibson, J. Speer, R. T. 
Wear, J. C. Orr, A. E. Burns and J. W. Sandlin. The report on 
Col portage work wa* read by Brother W. M. Blackwelder and the dis- 
cussion of the general subject continued by Bros. Shackelford, f. S. 
Gibson, A. J. Prestou and J. B. Huckabee, and after prayer by Bro. 
R. T. Wear, pledges were taken for Missions and Ministerial Educa- 
tion, after which the eports were adopted in the order in which they 
were read. 

PLEDGES FROM CHURCHES AND SUNDAY SCHOOLS FOR MISSIONS AND MIN- 
ISTERIAL EDUCATION. 





MISSIONS. 


MIN 


ED. 


MISSIONS. 


KIN. 


ED. 


Bethel (L) 


$10 


00 


$2 


50 


Bethel, (M) $ 5 


00 






Cave Spring, 


4 


00* 






Danville, 50 


00 ($8. 


40 




Decatur, 1st, 


10 


00 








pdf. 


5 


00 


New Decatur, 










N. Decatur, 1st, 50 


00 






Central, 


60 


00 


10 


00 


Etha, 5 


00 






Enon, 


15 


00 


5 


00 


Falkville, 10 


00 






Friendship, 


5 


00 




% 


Gum Sp'gs,(M) 6 


50* 






Harmony, 


10 


00 






Hillsboro. 25 


00 






Hopewell, 


10 


00 






Hartsell, 15 


00 






Lebanon, 


7 


50* 






Libertv, 10 


00 






Macedonia. (F) 5 


00 






Okalona, 5 


00 






Mt. Zion, (L) 


5 


00 






Mt.Zion.(M) 5 


00* 






Mt. Nebo, (F) 


20 


00 






Mt Hope, 10 


00 


5 


00 


Mt. Pisgah, 


4 


00* 






Moulton, 30 


00 


5 


00 


New Hope, 


2 


40* 






New Prospect, 5 


00 






New Center 


5 


00 






Pleasant Grove, 3 


85* 






Russellville, 


20 


00 


10 


00 


Somerville, 5 


00 






Shady Grove, 


5 


00 






Pleasant Hill, 15 


00 






Tuscutnbia, 


25 


00 


10 


00 


Town Creek, 20 


00 


5 


00 


Isbell, 


10 


00 


5 


00 


Moulton S. S. 5 


00* 


5 


00 


Tuscutnbia S. J 


>.10 


00 






A. L. Moody, 5 


00 


*5 


00 


Grand Total, 


$528 25 


$72 


50 



REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

"Thus it is written, that Christ should suffer, and should rise from the 
dead on the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be 
preached in bis name unto all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem, ye are 
witness of these thing."— Luke 24:46-8. 

"Ye shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and 
ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, 
and unto the utmost part, of the earth." — Acts 1:8. 

The above Scriptures are quoted to show the emphasis the founder of 
Missions placed on State Missions. While "all nations" and "the utmost 
part of the earth," are to be reached with gospel, the Lord of life and glory 

* Paid to Finance Committee. 



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would have us note that the nearest wav to those is through the evangel- 
ization of "Jerusalem" and "Judea." The State Board of Missions* ot the 
Alabama Baptist State Convention, is carrying out that idea of the Lord in 
sustaining and helping to sustain the gospel in the centres of population, 
new towns, and destitute portions of the state. Years of experience have 
demonstrated the wisdom of the course pursued by the Board. God has 
set the seal of His approval on it. Strong self-sustaining and progressive 
spirited churches have been built up, that stand as cities set on a hill, whose 
light cannot be hid. The most regular and liberal contributors to missions 
in Alabama to-day are churches that only a tew years ago, were the benefi- 
ciaries of the State Board of Missions. Those churches while being helped 
were required to take regular collections for missions, and thus they were 
led to test the truthfulness of the Lord's saying: "It is more blessed to give 
than to receive. While thus faithfully fostering the cause in the state, 
our Board has with equal assiduity labored for the development of the mis- 
sion spirit that embraces the whole wofld by becoming the active agent for 
the collection of funds for Home and Foreign Missions, and persistently 
urging all its beneficiaries to contribute regularly, frequently and liberally. 
The State Board knows that contributions to Home and Foreign Missions 
do not diminish gifts to State Missions. On the contrary, the liberal con- 
tributors to Home and Foreign Missions are the Aarons and Hurs that 
stand close by it and hold up its hands. Thus helping the other Boards it 
effectually helps itself, again practically illustrating the Lord's saying 
already quoted. The State Board, therefore, is not afraid of robbing Peter 
to pav Paul. It persistently discourages the "in our bounds," and "along 
our borders" idea, the tendencv of which is to dry up the fountains of liber- 
ality, and paralvze the spirit of missions. We bespeak for the State Board 
of Missions, the prayers, contributions and cordial co-operation ot the 
churches and the entire Association. 

Fraternally submitted, 

A. E. Burns, 

J. D. McClanahan. 



REPORT ON ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Associational Missions wish to submit the follow- 
ing as their report : In looking over our field of Associational Work we find 
that much has been done through the wise management of our Executive 
Board. Weak churches have been strengthened and caused to grow self- 
sustaining. Manv places that were destitute of Baptist preaching have had 
the efficient labors of our missionaries. We have many reasons to thank 
God and take courage. For the past two years, our minutes show a falling 
off of interest in Associational work. We feel that this ought not to be. 
We are not less equal to the task than in former years. We have not dimin- 
ished in membership. Whv this loss of interest ? Is it on the part of our 
pastors, or people, or both ? These are questions of no trifling importance. 
As God's stewards we will be called into an account some day. There is an 
increasing demand for Mission work in our Association. This is shown by 
the rapid growth of population in our railroad towns, and also in some 
countrv neighborhoods. Along with all these additions to the numbers, in- 
telligence, capital and irrepressible activity of our population, there is the 
usual average of worldliness, wickedness, skepticism, infidelity, deism, 
heresy, and heterodoxy, and these elements are active for evil. A great and 
growing demand is thus thrust upon us, as stewards of the manifold grace 
of God, to put into these inviting fields a sufficient number of the most in- 
telligent, cultivated, experienced, zealous and consecrated missionaries. 
We need men who are able, not only to meet the open opposition to the gos- 
pel, but successfully to expose and overcome all the false doctrine with which 






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our land is flooded. With diminished contributions for Associations! Mis- 
sions, and still smaller pledges for the year just closing our Executive Board 
could not provide for the work as heretofore. Your committee would re- 
commend that our Association send out one or two missionaries to canvass 
our entire bounds. Respectfully submitted, 

John Speek, 
j. W. Sandlin, 

KEPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Dear Brethren : — We learn from the last report of the Foreign Mission 
Board that $155,937.23 were collected and paid out bv said Board, during 
the last conventional year for the various objects and purposes of the 
Foreign Mission work. The largest amount perhaps ever collected in one 
year from our people. According to said report, we have in China 36 
missionaries, 26 native assistants, 46 stations, 11 churches, 938 members. 
75 baptisms, 11 schools, 360 students, contributions, $1,722.89; Africa. 
9 missionaries, 7 native assistants, 7 stations, 4 churches, 144 members, 
20 baptisms, 3 schools, 125 scholars, $215.80 contributions; Brazil. 18 
missionaries, 6 native assistants, 34 stations, 12 churches, 453 members, 
96 baptisms, $1,344.17 contributions; Italy, 3 missionaries; 27 native as- 
sistants, 59 stations 17 churches, 347 members, 72 baptisms, $559.56 
contributions; Japan, 4 missionaries, 2 native assistants, 6 stations, 1 
church, 27 members, 26 baptisms; Mexico, 22 missionaries. 10 native as- 
sistants, 33 stations, 30 churches, 1,014 members, 94 baptisms, 2 schools, 
113 students, $1,526 contributions; grand total, 92 missionaries, 78 na- 
tive assistants, 185 stations, 75churches, 2,923 members. 383 baptisms, 16 
schools, 595 scholars, $5,342.68 contributions. We thus see that much 
has already been done; but when we consider the territory yet unoccu- 
pied and the millions yet without the gospel, we are led to see that much 
more remains to be done, if we would carry out the commission of our 
Great Lawgiver, which we conceive to be binding upon all Baptists. We 
might say that the foundations of our mission work has just been laid 
with great self-sacrifice, and toil on the part of our missionaries. The 
question is. shall we continue the work until the grand temple is com- 
plete, and until the nations of the earth shall bow before God, and the isles 
of the sea shall praise Him. If so let us suggest, first, That the pastors 
make their flocks more thoroughly acquainted with the subject of foreign 
missions. This they can do by first acquainting themselves with thesubject 
as taught in the Bible. Secondly, By taking the Foreign Mission Journal 
and such other literature as will inform them of the work which, is being: 
done, all of which is respectfully submitted. 

Mike Finney, 

E. D. Stephenson, 

G. H. Hughes, 

Committee. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

We learn from the report of the Home Mission Board for the conven- 
tional year, ending May 1893, that 368 missionaries were employed during 
the year, who labored in eighteen states, the Indian Territory, and Cuba. 
There were 5,274 baptisms administered by the missionaries, and 11,247 
received into the churches by them. While these numbers are not as great 
as former reports show, yet when we take into consideration the disadvant- 
ages under which we have labored, we ought to thank God and take cour- 
age. Our Board is free from debt for the first time in several years. The 
Board began the year with a debt of $9,662.50 which has been paid. The 
$22,854.30 due on the house of worship in Cuba has been paid, and a bal- 



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ance of $2,784.50 is reported in its treasury. Its total cash receipts for the 
year have been $106,989.58 of which $29,373 40 have been expended in 
building churches. "The Home Field," published by the Home Board, At- 
lanta, Ga., is the most efficient agent we can employ to get the facts con- 
cerning our work before the people. Every member of this body should 
take and read the Home Field. The reports of the Home Board compare 
favorably with those of the State and Foreign Boards. WhHe there have 
been some opposition to the Board yet the opposition has not been sufficient- 
ly great to effect its success. The blessings of God seem to have attended its 
efforts, and its existence, is still thought by many to be a necessity. As 
long as this Board remains in existence we would recommend that we give 
it our sympathies, prayers and co-operation. Respectfully submitted, 

A. J. Preston. 

W. M. Blackweldek. 



REPORT ON BIBLE AND COLPORTAGE WORK. 

The secretary of the Book and Colportage Department of the State Mis- 
sion Board informs your committee that up to the present time the Board 
has had in its employ thirteen Colporteurs located in different parts of the 
State. Thev have bought of the Department about $600 worth of books 
and have paid in ab«ut $250. The stringency in money matters makes it 
hard to do much in Selling books. Yet these Colporteurs, some giving all 
their time, others only a part, are on the go. trying to do what they can in 
the Master's name distributing tracts, donating the Word of God to the des- 
titute, preaching and holding services with families desiring the privilege 
of public worship. The sales of the books of the Department up to Septem- 
ber 1st amount to $3,527, this means three-fourths of the conventional 
year. We urge that all our Sunday Schools order their literature through 
this Board. The price is just the same as that of the publishers. In order- 
ing through this Department, every school drops its mite in supporting the 
colportage work, and in aiding Sunday Schools in destitute circumstances. 
Your committee would suggest to this Association that it take into con- 
sideration as its present session, the advisability of appointing a Col- 
porteur to travel in its bounds. We insist that all orders for Sunday School 
supplies, and for Bibles and religious books and tracts be forwarded to J. B. 
Collier, Opelika, Ala. May our people consider the importance of this work 
which means the education of the masses in scriptural teaching; the elevat- 
ing of society to a higher plane; the cause of the Master advanced; and may 
their prayers and rrfonev be given to its support. Respectfully submittted. 

W. M. Black welder, 
M. Finney. 



The report of the Devotional Committee was read as follows 

APPOINTMENTS FOR THE SABBATH. 



At the Baptist Church, i'i a.m., 
" " " " 7:30 P- m » • 

m " " «* 3:00 p.m., 

At the Methodist Church, 11 a.m., 
** ' ** " m 7:30 p.m., 

At Hopewell, Saturday night, 
At J T. Hendon's, Sunday night, 



. A. J. Preston 

A. E. Burns. 

Young Peoples' Meeting. 

W. M. Black welder. 

. R. T. Wear. 

j. D. McClanahan. 

John Speer. 



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On motion, the subject of Temperance was made the special order 
for to-night. 

Adjourned. Prayer by Brother A. J. Preston. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

7:30 p.m., September 30th. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment and was opened b.y : 
singing, reading of the Scriptures, and prayer by Brother L. A. Wear. 
The subject of Temperance was considered under the following reso- 
lutions which was offered in place of a report : 

Resolved, That this Association re-affirms its declarations made 
at previous sessions on the subject of Temperance : That it is wrong 
for Christians to countenance the manufacture, sale and use of intoxi- 
cating liquors as a beverage, in any way whatever. That it is wrong 
for them to sign the recommendations of liquor selkrs. That it is the 
duty of church members to do all they can by theif influence to put 
down the traffic in spiritous liquors. The following brethren discussed 
the subject : J. C. Orr, W. M. Blackwelder, J. W. Sandlin, J. B. 
Huckabee, J. O. A. Pace and A. J. Preston, after which the resolution 
was adopted. 

The Moderator appointed the .following as a committee on Time 
and Place of meeting and preacher of Introductory arid Alternates: 
C. C. Kerby, O. D. Gibson and G. H. Hughes. The subject of Sun- 
day-schools was made the order of business for Sunday morning, at 9 
o'clock. 

On motion adjourned. Prayer by Brother J. Speer. 



SABBATH EXERCISES. 



October 1st, 1893. 

The Sunday-school meeting was held at the appointed hour 
Brother J. C. Orr presiding. After singing, reading of the Scriptures 
and prayer by Brother Orr, the report on Sabbath-schools was read by 
Brother J, M. Kichens, and discussed by Brothers Orr, W. C. Buck, 
John Speer, E. D. Stephenson. T. S. Gibson, J. Gunn and A. J. Pres- 
ton, after which the report was laid on the table until Monday morn- 
ing. The Association adjourned until Monday at 8:30 a.m. 

The brethren appointed to preach filled their appointments at the 



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Baptist and Methodist churches. There were large congregations at 
both places. The collections for missions at both houses amounted to 
$18.55. The afternoon service at the Baptist church was in the inter- 
est of the "Young Peoples Movement." They were conducted by 
Bro. W. C. Buck who explained the object of the meeting and what 
was meant by the "Young Peoples Movement." He was followed by 
Brothers J. C. Orr, J. W Sandhn, Jos. Shackelford, E. D. Stephen- 
son and J. Speer. 

Bros. Burns and Wear preached at night according to appoint- 
ment. 



FOURTH DAY'S PROCEEDINGS 



8:30 a.m, October 2d, 1893. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. The religious ser- 
vices were led by Brother T. R. Bragg. 

The minutes of Saturday and Sunday were read and approved. 
The Moderator appointed the following commit' ee to recommend 
Trustees for Danville School : Jos. Shackelford, James Simpson and 
A. E. Burns. 

The report on Sabbath Schools was taken from the table and 

adopted as follows: 

We, vonr committee oh Sabbath Schools, report that we hope the con- 
dition of Sabbath Schools, is not so deplorable as the lettersshow : Wefind 
the following: Cave Spring has a good school; number of pupils, 50. 
Shoal Creek has no School. New Decatur has 7 officers and teachers, and 
100 pupils, with an average attendance of 65. Bethel has 1 school. Deca- 
tur, officers and teachers, .5; pupils, 40. Moulton, no report except sent $5 
for Missions and $5 for Ministerial Education. Tuscumbia, officers and 
teachers, 8; pupils 65; average attendance, 38; money raised, $61.80. num- 
ber baptized, 5. Enon, no school. Blue Spring, no school. Etha, no 
school. Friendship, no school Harmony, officers and teachers, 6;. pupils, 
36. Hillsboro, officers and teachers, 5; pupils 35; average attendance, 20; 
number baptized, 1; monev raised, $5. Lebanon, no school. Haftsell, 4 
teachers. 46 pupils. Liberty, a school. Mt. Nebo, in Morgan, no school, 
Macedonia, no school. Town Creek, officers and teachers, 7; average at- 
tendance, 60. Russellville, officers and teachers, 7; average attendance, 75; 
number baptized, 7; monev raised, $20. Mt. Nebo. in Franklin, no school. 
Mt. Pisgah, officers and teachers, 7; pupils. 69; average atttendance, 48. 
Mt. Zion (L), no school. Mt. Hope, no school New Hope, no school. 
Danville, officers and teachers, 7; pupils. 35; average attendance, 25; num- 
ber baptized, 1; money raised $12. Okolona, no school. Macedonia, no 
school. New Friendship, officers and teachers, 3; pupils, 40. New Prospect, 
no school. New Center^ no school. Hopewell, no school. Rocky Creek, no 
school Mt. Zion (L),' 2 schools; No. 1, officers and teachers, 3; pupils, 16; 
No 2, officers and teachers. 3; pupils, 16. Bethany, pupils, 65; average 



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attendance, 30; money raised, $2.05. Shady Grove, officers and teachers, 
5; pupils, 51; average attendance, 30. Salem, no school. Somerville, no 
school. Isbell, average attendance, 40. We find that, about 50 per cent, 
of our churches have chools. Thirty-tour schools with 804 pupils, and only 
18 have been baptized or added to the church. We hope the lack of interest 
is due in part as we have said, to a mistake in the letters. We recommend 
that the letters be more explicit. Respectfully submitted, 

J. M. Kichens. 

J. M. Roberts. 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 

The Treasurer, Brother Thos. W. Lynch made his report, which 
was received as follows : 
T. W. Lynch, 

In account with Muscle Shoals Association : 

CR. 
To cash from Finance Committee . . 
«• " " Okolona church . . . . 
" " " F. C. Owen's bequest . 
" " " Courtland church fund 
" " " From Clerk™ 



1892. 
1893. 



October 3, 
January 9, 
Sept. 29, 
October 2, 



S37I 


66 


5 


00 


20 


00 


16 


00 


5 65 



1892. 



DR. 



$418 31 



1893. 



October 
<< 

« < 
October 

M 



3> 



2, 



By cash paid Brother Schramm .... $ 75 00 

* f ; .*«- " '• J. Speer . . . . 135 00 

" J, D. McClanahan 35 00 

" H.J. Halbronk . 25 00 

Clerk's fee and minutes 75 00 

Extra for minutes, postage 3 15 

Balance on hand 70 00 









Respectfully submitted, 



$418 31 

T. W. Lynch, Treasurer. 

We, your aud^ing committee, would respectfully report that we 
have carefully examined the accounts and vouchers of the Treasurer of 
the Association and find them correct. 

W. H. Simpson, Chairman. 
U B Irwin, 
C. G. Lynch. 

REPORT OF MISSIONARIES. 

'The Missionares were called on for their reports who reported as 
follows : 

REPORT OF A. J. PRESTON. 

Brethren East and Lynch, in behalf of the Executive Board, agreed to 



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pay me $75 to work ill the West end of this Association one-fourth of my 
time from the 1st of February to the last of September. I have done more 
work than I agreed to do, as my church excused me for one half of my time. 
Since the first of July 1 have preached fifty-three sermons, delivered twelve 
lectures, baptized nine, received nine into the church by letter and watch 
care, organized one voung men's prayer meeting, besides helping in two pro- 
tracted meetings. I have received $39.50. Respectfully submitted, 

A. J. Preston. 

REPORT OF J. D. M'CLANAHAN. 

I have received two appointments from your Board, to-wit: Friend- 
ship and Cave Spring. I have preached to each church monthly during this 
associational year. At Friendship I have had good congregations; I have 
preached several times in adjoing neighborhoods. I have made quite a 
number of family visits, insisting upon the people attending the house of 
worship. We had a meeting, embracing the fourth Sabbath in August, 
which lasted seven days. The church was spiritually built up. We had no 
conversions; several sinners were deeply convicted. We feel that the meet- 
ing was a success to the church and community. This church is weak finan- 
cially and is but a small body, striving to keep house for God. It will take 
some time to work up a thriving church at this point but they are praying 
the Lord to revive their church. They would be thankful for any assist- 
ance from the Association to help them in sustaining a pastor. 

We have had regflar preaching at Cave Spring during this year. This 
is a small bodv which is located in the Tennessee Valley, and we think at a 
.central point of population. There is quite a number of young people being 
raised up in this community, if converted will build up a large church. This 
church has a good Sundav School in the spring aud summer months. We 
had a meeting embracing the fifth Lord's day in July, which lasted six days. 
We had the services of Brother J. E. Weaver. We had no conversions dur- 
ing our meeting, but the gospel was preached in power, and we feel that it 
will bring fruit to the honor and glory of God. In connection with the mis- 
sion appointment from vour Board, I have kept up three or four appoint- 
ments in different portions of the Third District. I made one visit to Val- 
hermosa Springs and preached to the church at that place. I had a large 
congregation. The church at that time had no pastor, but they have pro- 
cured the services of Brother Wm. Wright. I feel disposed to say that there 
is more need of mission work in our district than any one man could do, if 
his whole time were emploved in this field. I have received from Hartsell 
church $6.75 on pledge for" 1892. Received from Etha church, for 1893, 
$1.65. From Hopewell, $6.30, for 1892. Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. McClanahan 



to the 
God is 



REPORT OF JOHN SPEER. 

Brethren : Your Board gave aid to Somerville church 
amount of $25, which enabled me to do them pastoral work, 
blessing your work at Somerville. Respectfully submitted, 

♦ J. Speer. 

REPORT OF J. B. HUCKABEE. 

Dear Brethren : In pursuance of a call, as pastor by Gum Spring 
Baptist church, and a contract with your Mission Board, through Bro. 
D. A. Burleson for twenty-five dollars, I began work in October last 
with said church, and continued until this session, 12 months, on the 



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first Sabbath in each month and Saturday before, during four months 
I gave an extra a,,po,ntment on the third Sabbath \t the Wus 

'"• ,T ' 's'lt -to assist me. I he LorH wac with, .,<* i-u u ■ 
r ch revived, and a, that, and .he" Setter ™ee^ ?S*£ 
five. I he to.al increase to date is eleven Tk~ u uu , 

her twentv-five dollars, the amoun agreed on F h ^ ^ "* 
-count with the Board, fr^Tl^^church^T^fc 
Hartsel, church , I5 .oo and from Lebanon cSu^o 'touI^s" 1 

Repectfullv submitted, J. B. Huckabee. 

^"•ZZ^tol^^™™^*^ ° * 22- Chainna. of Board, 

it was not read to the Association through oversight.] 

On motion, the resolutions adopted at our last session, giving 1- 

men C t T L° u^ ^ " '° *"* ° f "**'"■'*« and require^ 
ment of churches ass.sted by the Board were re-adopted as follows- 

Resolved. That all churches receiving aid from our Board he ro 

4Uire Re"o." k d e ^ ^T^T " 1CaSt ° nCe CVer * *- ~2? f 
m ra t dl , Fhat the mis sionaries employed be also reouired 

a,, -ssat, ^tt^£t±ris» 

*sr for the support of ,heir ~ «* *« *-d e ^3 

The Moderator appointed a committee to recommend the mem- 

T„ e f TIT B ° h ard a " d B ° ard ° f "'"^ Edncation aTd 
ireasurer. K. I. Wear chairman 

adopted • f ° 1IOXVing reSOlUti ° n W3S Gffered ** B ^>ther F. M. Kent, and 



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DECEASED MINISTERS. 



Brother T. R. Bragg read ihe report on deceased Ministers which 
was adopted as tollows: 

Since our last Association death has invaded our ministerial ranks 
and summoned two of our fellow-laborers in the Lord's vineyard, to 
come up higher, to wit: Elders W. A. Stockton, of Town Creek 
church, and A. B. Brindlee, ot Gum Spring church. Morgan county; 
both ordained Ministers. Brother Stockton entered the ministry in 
1859 Though but a youth, he entered the work of his Master with 
boldness, and preached the gospel with untiring zeal and unflinching 
integrity, ever willing and ready to defend the cause ot 1 ruth, and to 
expose error. He suffered much bodily pain, vet with calm resigna- 
tion to his Master's*will. He labored on and murmured not. • After 
preaching the glorious gospel of the Son of God for over thirty years, 
he was permitted to lay down the weapons of war and enter the rest of 
the faithful. He died January, 1893, mourned by a bereaved family 
and a large circle of friends. 

Brother Brindlee was a minister in the Methodist denomination 
for some twenty years. A man of deep piety. Becoming d.ssat.sfied 
with his church relations and trving his claim by the unerring stand- 
ard (the Bible) he was enabled to see himself without Scriptural bap- 
tism and also without membership in the Church of Christ, he 
therefore abandoned his former views, and sought membership with the 
Gum Spring Baptist church in 1888, and was baptized into the fellow- 
ship of the same by Elder J. E. R. Roan. After preaching tor five 
years as a regularly ordained gospel minister, he died in the faith, June 
29, 1893, beloved by all who knew him. 

Thus God is relieving some of his servants of hardships but as He 
calls them from earth, let us pray Him to send forth more laborers 
« into his vineyard, and also remember in sympathy and help the 
bereaved families of our departed brethren. 

Respectfully submitted, 

T. R. Bragg. 

J. S. Gibson. 



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STATE OF RELIGION. 

Brother J. D. McClanahan read the report on The State of Reli- 
gion which was adopted as follows: 

rh„r ^r^T 1 ^ °" ?T° f Reli ^ i0n re P° rt that w e are glad 
tha the Lord has revved his work in our midst. Many precious 
souls have been saved, and our churches have been spiritually built up 
and that the most of them report a Sundav-school in their ffi' 
bnt some haye not reported a prayer meeting. We hope that oui 
churches w.ll report at our next meeting. The command of our Savior 
was -Pray for all men " We feel that we are suffering spiritually be- 
cause we do not ask, for He said, -Ask and ye shall receive." 7 We 
should pray one lor another, and ask God to give us our sons and 
daughters to work in His vineyard. 

_ We are sorry that some of our churches are weak spiritually, 
as c \\ as financially. We leel that nothing but the religion of Chris 
will give us strength We are sorry that they have not been worked 
up to g.ve of their substance to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 
our own bounds, and among the perishing million».beyond. We need 
more laborers ,n our own Association to instruct our people, and to 
each them the religion of Jesus Christ. This will prepare the heart 
tor every good word and work. 

We would recommend that religious liteiature be distributed 
throughout our bounds, as a help to educate our people in everv de 
partment of religious work. We would also recommend, that the pal 

h" oa e rt o e f' r f h OWer t"* Sf^V , bring ab ° Ut a S reater -terest^n 
•»rh' h k n ChUrCheS '" Reli S ious W ork, and we trust that 
oorr £ /' I C °m C UP at ° Ur neXt Ass ^iation with a good re- 
' ° i. n C , L ° rd S bIessi,1 g s lowered down upon it and that each 
church w,l also send a liberal contribution to aid in spreaLg the re 
hgion „f jesus Christ throughout the world. Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. McClanahan, Chairman. 

REPORT ON DOCUMENTS. 

^M^mo^^ n ^^ repnrt on d ~ ts which 

Your Committee on Documents beg leave to say, that we find up- 
on examining the church letters to this Association the following items 
to which we call your attention. S 

ist. New Friendship Church asks you for help to assist her in 
building a house of worship. 

'. k ? d u Mouhon ' Bethd W Lawrence, and Mt. Pisgah, each asks 
to hold the next Association with her. 

3d. Liberty Church wishes you to excuse her for not sending ud 
her pledges to your body for this Association^ year; and Shoal cfeek 



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asks the same favor, with the further reqi est that you help her in sus- 
taining a pastor. All other matters found worthy of mention will ap- 
pear in your minutes. Respectfully submitted, 
^ ' E. D. Stephenson, Chairman. 

Joseph Robinson. 
Jas. T. Wallace. 

The committee appointed to recommend Trustees lor the Dan- 
ville School reported as follows, which was adopted : 

TRUSTEES OF DANVILLE SCHOOL. 

The committee appointed to recommend Trustees for the Danville 
School would recommend the re-appointment of Brothers AW. 
Bailey and A. L. Moodv, and the appointment of Dr. John P. Hodges 
in place of Mr. Samuel Blackwell, who has removed from the State. 
Their terms of office will be for three years, from October 3, 1893, to 
October, 1896. Jog SHACKELFORD . 

A. E. Burns. 
James M. Simpson. 

TIME AND PLACE AND PREACHER OF INTRODUCTORY SERMON. 

The committee to select preacher of Introductory Sermon and 
Alternate, and Suggest place of next meeting and time reported as 

follows: •» 

Your committee appointed to suggest to the Association the time 

and place of holding the next Association, and select a minister to 

preach the Introductory Sermon recommend Friday before the firs 

Sabbath in October, 1894, Moulton as the church with" which we w.U 

meet, and Brother A. E. Burns to preach the Introductory Sermon, 

and T- D. McClanahan as Alternate. 

J Ot D. Gibson, 

. , , , G. H. Hughes. 

Adopted. Committee. 



9 



The committee appointed to recommend the Executive Board, and 
Board of Ministerial Education made their reports which was adopted. 
The names of the members of the Boards and the Treasurer will be 
found on first page of the coyer. 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the following standing committees: 
Education— A. E. Burns, H. T. Lile, John Speer. 




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MINUTES OF MUSCLE SHOALS 



STATE OF RELIGION. 

Brother J. D. McClanahan read the report on The State of Reli- 
gion which was adopted as follows: 

rh, f y i onr I co ' I,n ? ittee on State of Religion report that we are glad 
tha the Lord has revved his work in our midst. Many precious 
souls have hern saved, and our churches have been spiritually built up 
and that the most of them report a Sunday-school in their Churches,' 
but some haye not reported a prayer meeting. We hope that our 
churches will report at our next meeting. The command of our Savior 
was "Pray for all men " We feel that we are suffering spiritually be- 
cause we do not ask, for He said, "Ask and ye shall receive." We 
should pray one for another, and ask God to give us our sons and 
daughters to work in His vinevard. 

^ a* sorry that some' of our churches are weak spiritually, 
as veil as financially. We feel that nothing but the religion of Chris 
w.l g.ve us strength We are sorry that they have not been worked 
up to g.ve of their substance to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 
our own bounds, and among the perishing milliorfc.beyond. We need 
more laborers ,n our own Association to instruct our people, and to 
each them the rel.g.on of Jesus Christ. This will prepare the heart 
for every good word and work. F V 

We would recommend that religious literature be distributed 
throughout our bounds, as a help to educate our people in every de- 
partment of relig.ous work. We would also recommend, that the Ma- 
th? Dart oTX° WeT h nd i nfluen <V° bri "g "bout a greater interest^ 
^h P *h u u ChUrCheS '" Reli S ious W ^k, and we trust that 
each church will come up at our next Association with a good re- 

T u 'n 6 , L ° rd S blessin g s lowered down upon it and that each 
church w, | also send a liberal contribution to a,/ in spreading the re 
1-g.on of Jesus Chnst throughout the world. Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. McClanahan, Chairman. 



REPORT ON DOCUMENTS. 

^Jtt.MoSi?* 8 "^^ rep ^ rt ° n d ° cuments 4* 

Your Committee on Documents beg leave to say, that we find up- 
on examining the church letters to this Association the following items 
to which we call your attention. g 

ist. New Friendship Church asks you for help to assist her in 
building a house of worship. H 

2d Moulton, Bethel in Lawrence, and Mt. Pisgah, each asks 
to hold the next Association with her. B 

f d , Libertv eh*™** wishes you to excuse her for not sending up 
her pledges to your body for this Association^ year; and Shoal Creek 



asks the same favor, with the further reqi est that you help her in sus- 
taining a pastor. All other matters found worthy of mention will ap- 
pear in your minutes. Respectfully submitted, 
^ y E. D. Stephfnson, Chairman. 

Joseph Robinson. 
Jas. T. Wallace. 

The committee appointed to recommend Trustees for the Dan- 
ville School reported as follows, which was adopted : 

TRUSTEES OF DANVILLE SCHOOL. 

The committee appointed to recommend Trustees for the Danville 
School would recommend the re-appointment of Brothers AW. 
Bailey and A. L. Moody, and the appointment of Dr. John P. Hodges 
in place of Mr. Samuel Blackwell, who has removed from the State. 
Their terms of office will be for three years, from October 3, 1893, to 
October, 1896. Jos SHACKELFORD . 

A. E. Burns. 
James M. Simpson. 

TIME AND PLACE AND PREACHER OF INTRODUCTORY SERMON. 

The committee to select preacher of Introductory Sermon and 
Alternate, and Suggest place of next meeting and time reported as 

follows : 

Your committee appointed to suggest to the Association the time 

and place of holding the next Association, and select a minister -to 

preach the Introductory Sermon recommend Friday before the firs 

Sabbath in October, 1894, Moulton as the church with which we w.U 

meet, and Brother A. E. Burns to preach the Introductory Sermon, 

and T. D. McClanahan as Alternate. 

J O. D. Gibson, 

xa . a G. H. Hughes. 

Adopted. Committee. 



i 



The committee appointed to recommend the Executive Board, and 
Board of Ministerial Education made their reports which was adopted. 
The names of the members of the Boards and the Treasurer will be 
found on first page of the coyer. 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the following standing committees : 
Education— A. E. Burns, H. T. Lile, John Speer. 






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MINUTES OF MUSCLE SHOALS 



C. Orr, W. H. 



Ministerial Education— W. M. Black welder I 
Simpson. ' 

Temperance— R T. Wear, M. Finney, W. T Cobbs 
Assoc.at.onal Missions— J. D. McClanahan, I. W Sandiin T I 
Simpson. J "' ■■•. 

State Missions— A. J.Preston. J. O. A. Pace, J. B. Huckabee 
Foreign M.ss.ons— Jos. Shackelford, L. A. Wear, W B Irwin 
Home M.ssions— T. R. Bragg, J. T, Odell, W. C. Buck ' 
C,.lportage_J I. Stockton, John W. Gibson, T. J. Weaver 
Sunday Schools— Dr T. M. Jones, Jourdan White, L. R. Day 
Finance Committee— A. L. Moody, O. D. Gibson, A. W. Bailey 
Auditing Committee— W. H. Simpson, H. B. Irwin, C. G. Lynch.' 

MINUTES AND CLERK'S FEE. 

The following resolution was adopted : 1 

„r« ^ 0lV A d That thC J C ' e [ k haVe printed I ' 2 °° copies^of the min- 

lerVlnH' ° Ciat, T and u th3t Ht W him * 2 5 ***■ services as 

clerk and superintending the printing and distribution of the same 
and that the treasurer I* authorized to pay for the same. 

, n t B '° ther I °- A- Pace offered the following resolution which was 
adopted unanimously by a standing vote : Resolved that the thank 
o! this body be and are hereby tendered to the brethren, s.sters and cit 
uens of Danville and vicinity for their kind hospitality shown us d" - 
mg the session of this body, and we shall ever pray the bless Lf 
txod to rest upon them. " s 

Resolved ther rtr J " ^T f^ "* fo,Iowi '^ »hich was adopted : 
Resolved, I hat each church be requested to bring up minute fund 

up d h ; h rh ,n ch!,Tch. e distribu,ed accordin * ,0 < h < ~ " f r ""^™n d ; 

The committee to whom was referred the query of Brother T H 
Hembree reported, that on account of indefinitness of verbage in the 
query they were unable to make make a specific reply. 

The following preamble and resolutions were offered by Brother E. 
U. Stephenson and were adopted : 

Whereas, The school established at Danville bv the I ihertv 
Muscle Shoal,, and Big Bear Creek Associations, is now n ope ation' 

There a fore, *** °' ""** ^ h ^ ^ *™ h * <* pPEZ 

cfeSh^TL Fhat ^ C " nsider il the dut X of the Baptists of the Mus- 
cle Shoals Association who purpose sending their sons or daughters off 
to school, to patronize this school. ^ T 

Resolved, 2d. That we earnestly urge our pebple to use their in- 
fluence to secure pupils for this school. 

Resolved, 3d. That we approve the effort made by the Trustees 



BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



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of the school to raise *i,ooo within the three Associations mentioned, 
to equip the school with needed school appliances, and we urge our 
brethren to contribute to this fund, and the churches to encourage the 
agents appointed in each church to make an effort to secure something 
in each church. 

The following are the agents appointed in each church to secure 
subscriptions and contributions for the Danville school. All subscrip- 
tions and contributions will be reported to Elder Jos. Shackelford, 
Danville, Ala., by the agents : 

Bethel (L), W. W. Nesmith and C. C. Kerby; Bethel (M), W. C. 
Hartsell; Bethany, T. W. Owen; Blue Spring, J E. Weaver and 
Marion Briscoe; Cave Spring, James Ratcl iff; Danville, J. C. Tidwell, 
Decatur, Mrs Sarah Adair; Enon, A. J. Walker; Etha, E A. Jones, 
Falkville, T. L. Simpson; Friendship, Thos. McDamel; Furnace Hill, 
O. E. Comstock; Gum Spring (L), A. S. Young; Gum Spring (M), 
T.E. Roan; Harmony, W S. Howell; Hartsell, J. C. Orr; Hopewell, 
F. H. Orr, HiUsboro, W. J. Cottingham, Miss Fannie Wiggins; Leba- 
non, W. H. Junkins: Liberty, J. A. Neeley; Macedon.a <M), J. A. 
Frederick; Mission Grove, John Yates; Moulton, Jourdan White; Mt. 
Zion (M), C. Thompson; Mt. Zion (L) George Roden; Mt Hope, G. 
W Jackson; Mt. Nebo (M), J- R. Witt; Mt. Nebo (F) Wm. Eas : 
Mt.Pisgah, G. H. Hughes; New Hope, J. R Blackman; New Prospect, 
F. M. Caruth; New Decatur, First, W. C. Buck; New Center, S. 1 
Wright; New Friendship, W. E. Wright; Okolona, WD. Brasswell; 
Pleasant Grove, Rush Stockton; Pleasant Hill, .W. R. Simpson- Rus- 
selle, Peter Clay; Sheffield, A. E. Burns; Salem, H. E. Weatherwax; 
Shady Grove, J. A.Moore; Shoal Creek, R. H. Yeager; Somerv.lle, 
T. J. Weaver; Tuscumbia, A. L. Moody; Isbell, J. M. Deveneau; Valher- 
mosa Springs, C. R. Cirbow; Macedonia (F), Mike Finney; Town 
Creek, R. T. Wear and Emmet Gibson. 

DIVISION OF FUNDS. 
* I 

The following resolution by Jos. Shackelford was adopted: 
Resolved That the Treasurer of this Association be instructed 
to send all moneys specially contributed to the State, Foreign and 
Home Mission Boards, by the churches, to those boards; and that he 
send to those boards such moneys as he may be directed to send by 
the Executive Board, which board is hereby instructed to divide the 
funds contributed to this body, after paying all incurred ob igations 
for the past year, between the different boards, AssociationaL, State 
Foreign and Home, accordng to their best judgment and the wants ot 
the home field. 



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MINUTES OF MUSCLE SHOALS 



The report of Finance Committee was then read and adopted as 
follows: (See Table A.) 

After singing and giving the right hand of fellowship, prayer was 
offered by Brother R. T. Wear and the Association adjourned. 

Jackson Gunn, Moderator. 
Josephus Shackelford, Clerk. 






RECAPITULATION. 



OF TABLE "A 



Bv Amount Paid Treasurer 



Cash 



For Associational Missions . 
For State Missions 
For Home Missions . , . 

For Foreign Missions 
For Ministerial Education 
Individual Pledges for Missions 
Individual Pledges for Education 
Bible and Colportage . 
Minute Fund . . 
Centenial Fund . 

Sunday Collection for Missions 
Orphans Home .... 
Amount Paid Clerk 



$ 214 03 



17 35 

31 90 

5 00 

1 00 



Vouchers 



$ 82 64 

118 62 

46 70 

16 60 

10 00 



27 45 

19 75 

18 56 

25 

75 



$ 335 29 





88 



156 03 

Subscri'n 60 
05 



$ 432 12 



Total 



$ 296 67 

118 62 

46 70 

, 33 95 

' 41 90 

5 00 

100 

88 

27 45 

175 78 

19 16 

30 



$ 767 41 



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BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 23 









Report o± T Finance CorqmititJee of Muscle Skoals Association. 






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CHURCHES. 


Associational 

Missions 


State Missions 


Home Missions 
Foreign Missions 


Ministerial 

Education 


1 

V 

3 

C 

2 1 


Bible and 

Colportage 


Individual Pledges 
for Missions 


Individual Pledges 
for Ecucation 


Centennial 

Missions 


Orphans Home 


Bethel (L) 
Bethany 


Cash 
$ 10 00 
1 25 
7 45 
5 50 
4 00 
4 82 
46 55 
7 33 
1 40 


Vchs. ' 


Cash| 


Vchs 


Cash 


Vchs 


Cash 


Vchs 


Cash 
2 50 


Vchs 


Cash 
1 00 
1 00 

1 00 

50 
1 05 
1 00 

50 
1 00 

1 50 
1 00 
1 25 
50 
1 00 
1 00 

1 00 

25 

1 00 
1 00 

55 

1 00 
50 

50 

55 

1 00 

50 

1 50 

30 
1 00 

1 00 

2 00 

50 
27 45 


Cash 


Vchs 


Cash ! Vchs 


Cash 
1 00 


Vchs 


Cash 

75 

2 50 

3 00 
3 50 

10 00 
19 75 


Vchs 


Cash 


Vchs 


i 















■ 

2 50 
250 










Bethel (M) 


















Blue Springs 

























Cave Springs . 






2 65 

3 36 


2 50 

1 00 

2 50 

10 00 
5 00 

90 

5 00 
2 50 













Decatur, First Church 




15 02 


2 36 


3 75 
5 00 

2 00 

3 25 
3 35 








15 00 
10 00 


5 


Danville . 






Enon .... 


• 
















Etha 


i 65 


















Friendship . 


5 00 
3 55 


















Falkville . 




















Furnace Hill 




















Gum Springs (L) 
Gum Springs (M) 


6 50 



























3 65 






Harmony 


10 00 


















Hillsboro . 


11 74 



















Hopewell 


















Hartsell 


21 75 


















Lebanon 


3 08 3 50 


















Liberty 


8 00 
5 00 
5 00 

20 00 
5 00 


















Macedonia (F) 
Mount Zion (L) 





































Mount Hope . 
















Moulton 












15 50 




" Sunday School 
Macedonia (M) 






• 















2 50 

4 00 

1 50 

5 25 

7 00 

3 85 
10 00 

5 00 

9 60 

2 40 
5 00 

5 00 














Mount Pisgah 














7 Jl 




Mount Nebo (M) . 
Mount Nebo (F) 


















12 50 
















20 71 




New Friendship 
















New Prospect . 


















New Decatur . 




38 00 














Okolona 


5 00 






« 






Pleasant Grove 
















Pleasant Hill 






















5 00 






5-00 








300 


Sheffield 


28 03 




















. 






















































Shady Grove 


■ 


40 10 












25 






5 00 










62 92 
8 14 
















New Hope 
Mount Zion (M) 














■ 
. ■ 























Rocky Creek . 
Decatur Central . 






7 19 




88 








35 47 


ft &» 












10 00 





Isbell 


15 00 












1 00 
































16 60 


10 00 


88 








5 


Total 


214 03 


82 64 


118 62 


46 70 


17 35 


31 90 


5 oo! 


156 03 



SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS. 



CHURCH. 



Bet ban v. 

Central N. Decatur 

Danville. 

Decatur. 

Furnace Hill. 

Hillsboro. 

Hartsell. 

Liberty. 

Mt. Ziou. 

Mt. Pisgah. 

Kussellville. 

Sheffield. 

Tu scum hi a 

Town Creek. 



NAME. 



T. W. Owens. 
W. H. Simpson. 
W. A. Pettv. 
W. A. Byrd. 
0. E. Comstock. 
A. VY. Bailey. 
L. B. Cornelious. 
VY. |. Voting. 
J. A. Kidnev. 
S. W. Gibson. 
N. (ireenhill. 
E. Evans. 
A. S. Stanley. 
T. N. Jones. 



POST OFFICE ADDRESS. 



Town Creek, Ala. 
New Decatur, Ala. 
Danville, Ala. 
Decatur. Ala. 
Sheffield, Ala. 
Hillsboro, Ala. , 
Hartsell, Ala 
jTown Creek, Ala. 
■Edmond. Ala. 
Flint, Ala. 
I Kussellville, Ala. 
| Sheffield, Ala. 
ITuscumbia, Ala. 
jMt. Hope, Ala. 



fy 



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Statistics oi Muscle Skoals Association, 189;}. 



5 



A 



CHURCHES 



Bethel .... 
Bethel . . 
Bethany 
Blue Springs 
Cave Springs . 
Central, New Decatur 
Cherry Hill 
Danville . 
Decatur, 
Etha 
Enon . 
Friendship . 
Falkville . 
Furnace Hill 
Gum Springs 
Gum Springs 
Harmony 
Hillsboro 
Hopewell 
Hartsell 
Isbell 
Lebanon 
Liberty 
Macedonia 
Macedonia 
Mount Zion 
Mount Zion 
Mount Nebo- 
"Mount Nebo 
Mission Grove 
Mount Hope 
Moulton 
Mount Pisgah 
New Hope 
New Prospect 
New Friendship 
New Centre 
New Decatur . 
Okolona 
Pleasant Grove 
Russellville 
Rocky Creek . 
Sheffield . 
Salem : 
Shoal Creek 
Somerville 
Pleasant hill • 
Shady Grove . 
Tuscumbia 
Town Creek - 
Valhermosa Springs 
Zion 
Mount Stanley 




Total 



Lawrence 
Morgan 
Lawrence 
Morgan 
Morgan 
Morgan 
Franklin 
Morgan 
Morgan 
Cullman 
Lawrence 
Morgan 
Morgan 
Colbert 
Lawrence 
Morgan 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 
Morgan 
Morgan 
Franklin 
Morgan 
Lawrence 
Franklin 
Morgan 
Morgan 
Lawrence 
Franklin 
Morgan 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 
Morgan 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 
Morgan 
Morgan 
.1 organ 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 
Franklin 
Morgan 
Colbert 
Lawrence 
Morgan 
Morgan 
Morgan 
Morgan 
Colbert 
Lawrence 
Morgan 
Lawrence 
Lawrence 



ij. R. NeSmith 
J. D. McClanahan 
']. M. Roberts 
ij. E. Weaver 
IJ. D. McClanahan 
jW. M. Blackwelder 

JW. T. Cobbs 

ij. D. McClanahan 
'J. Gunn 

J. D. McClanahan 
C. V. Thompson 
O. E. Comstock 
Isaac Bradford 
J. B. Huckabee 
R. T. Wear 
W. T. Cobbs 
W. T. Cobbs 
H.I. Halbrooks 
J. W. Deveneau 
J. B. Huckabee 
John Speer 
Mike Finney 
J. Speer 
W. G. W. Smith 
J. D. Dawson 
R. T. Wear 
J. D. McClanahan 



R. T. Wear 
J. Gunn 
J. Gunn 
J. R. Blackman 
L. A. Wear 
James Roan 
W. E. Wright 
J. W. Sandlin 
Isaac Bradford 
T. R. Bragg 
A.J. Preston 
J. E. Weaver 
A. E. Burns 
L. A. Wear 
J. E. Roan 
J. Speer 
J. Gunn 
W. T. Cobbs 
A. E. Burns 
R. T. Wear 




C. C. Kerby 

'. C. Love 
W. Owens 
, J. Weaver 

W.J. Collier 

J. A. Thomason 



I, 



W. A Petty 

W. W. Garnet 

J. B. Kellar 

J. T. Wallace 

C. C. Crow 

T. L. Simpson 

G. M. Bridges 

G W. Bond 

T. J. Pannel 

I. S. Howell 

W.J. Cottingham 

D.J. Orr • 

E. T. Johnson 

L. L. Jackson 

W. H. Junkins 

W. J. Young 

J. M. Rucker 

A. W. Sykes 

W. H. H. Thompson 1 Hartsell 



Avoca 
Hartsell 
Town Creek 
Blue Spring 
Priceville 
Decatur 

Danville 

Decatur 

Fall Creek 

Danville 

Danville 

Falkville 

Sheffield 

Hatton 

Falkville 

Moulton 

Hillsboro 

Danville 

Hartsell 

Isbell 

Falkville 

Town Creek 

Newburg 

Flint 



T. M. Jackson 

E. J. Byors 

R. B. Gibson 

John Yates 

G. W. Jackson 

H. B. Irwin 

HA. McClellan 

W. H. Crow 

M. H. Masterson 

J. L. Wright 

S. T. Wright 

J. R. Hardin 

J. H. Butler 

Rush Stockton 

P. Clay 

M. K. Oden 

E. Evans 

H. E. Weatherwax 

R. H. Daniel 

Mrs. M. E. Peck 

W. R. Simpson 

J. A Moore 

C. A. Womble 

J. W. Jackson 






Edmond 
Russellville 
I Massey 
Courtland 
Mt. Hope 
r Moulton 
Flint 

Courtland 
Landersville 
Somerville 
Somerville 
;New Decatur 
Edmond 
Moulton 
Russellville 
Lawrence Cove 
Sheffield 
Moulton 
Priceville 
Somerville 
Simpson 
C'ityville 
Tuscumbia 
Mt, Hope 



178 

102 
62 

118 
16 
98 
20 
50 
25 
57 

134 
43 
25 
21 
55 
66 
53 
76 

119 
51 
17 
55 
71 
74 
60 
65 
50 
35 
84 
12 
28 
45 
79 
23, 
66! 
34! 
43 



14 


7 


2 


8 


5 


8 


8 


1 




3 


26 


14 


4 


4 


• 


9 


1 


3 


" 


* 


3 


6 




4 




8 


6 


a 


2 


i 





16 

20 

2 

1 



51 28 



50 

n 

112: 19 
98 1 
40 
70 11 

78| 

24] 2 
99; 
39 



60 10 
174i 4 
34 1 
31 

16 



5 I 
23! 

1 

l| 

10 

14 

9 



8 

1 

11 



21 



10 



8 

2 

15 

2 



7 

II 

1 

8 

1 
8 

3 
8 



1 

a 

1 

i 
1 

1 
1 

1 
' 2 

1 1 1 
i 

I 1 





2 








8 




4 


4 


1 


1 


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1 


?, 




3 1| 


| 


6 




i 1 


1 


1 
6 




*' 




r, 




J 2 




* 







1 
4 1 



1 1 
1 3 



1 ,■*.«* 



187 

104 

65 

124 

17 

128 

•20 

55 

37 

58 

137 

22 

33 

17 

57 

72 

56 

68 

108 

48 

55 

71 

75 

50 

31 

82 

81 

46 

79 

*12 

30 

45 

75 

24 

GO 

40| 

in 

94 

60 

53 

135 

22 

46' 

71 

23 ( 

21 

Utt 

47 

75j 

188 

*34 

*31 

*16 

>4 • 



10 

8 

8 



65 

50 
90 

43 
40 



45' 

29; 

36 
35 

46 
40. 

12 



16) 
40i 



5; 57 

7| 69) 



40 

! 

7 1001 

7 J, 

9 50 



2(1 
51 
66 

60 



Every S. 



Every S. 



Every S 



1 




1 


2 




1 


a 


1 


1 


a 




1 


a 








1 


1 


1 






1 


1 
1 




a 






a 




1 


4 






4 


1 


1 


4 




1 


1 




1 


4 






3 


1 




4 






1 


1 




•> 




1 


I 




1 


2 




1 


a 






4 






2 




1 


4 




1 


1 






1 




1 


1 


1 




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1 






1 






2 




1 


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1 


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1 



Every S 



Ever)' S . 

Every S. 1 
1 



4 
1 
4 

Every S. 

2d & 4th 

8 

1 

1 



^,;y<\ 



3167J294 203 jfj 184 19J93 29' 332s| 114Jll74| 



923 



* Reported last year. Net increase 158. Mt Pleasant church not represented for three years, if disolved do not know it. 
Names of Churches dismissed to other Associations: Tharp Spring Church to Big Bear Creek Association. 




Financial K^hibit of Muscle Skoals Association, 1893. 



CHURCHES 



Bethel (L) . 
Bethel (M) 
Bethany 
Blue Springs 
Cave Springs . 
Cherry Hill 
Central, New Decatur 
Danville . 
Decatur, 
Etha 
Enon . 
Friendship . 
Kalkville . 
Furnace Hill 
Gum Springs (L^ 
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Gum Sprit: 
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